Quileute Nation Announces Newly Elected Tribal Council

annaroseAccording to their press release the Quileute Nation has just elected a new tribal council. Chairwoman Hatch finished her leadership position and now Anna Rose Counsell-Geyer is taking her place. Pel had the great pleasure of meeting former Chairwoman Hatch at the Creation Entertainment Official Twilight Convention in Seattle. Though she was soft-spoken, it was obvious that Chairwoman Hatch was respected greatly by her people. At the convention she greeted Twilight fans, taught them some words in Quileute, and invited all to come and see the beauty of La Push.

Here is the press release:

“The Quileute Nation located in La Push, WA is pleased to announce the formation of a newly elected Tribal Council.  The Quileute Tribal Council members are as follows:

Chairwoman:  Anna Rose Counsell-Geyer; Vice-Chair: Lonnie Foster; Secretary: Carol Hatch; Member at Large: Tony Foster and Treasurer: Bonita Cleveland.

“Chairwoman Counsell-Geyer is honored to hold the position of Chair and looks forward to serving the great nation of Quileute,”states Spokesperson Jackie Jacobs.”

The staff of the Twilight Lexicon would like to congratulate Chairwoman Counsell-Geyer, and wishes the Quileute Nation continued blessings and prosperity.

Comments

  1. I wonder if there is a tour in LaPush. I bet it would bring some great business to the Quileutes.

    • Twilight_News says:

      The tour run by Dazzled By Twilight does stop in La Push. There is also a beachfront resort (newly opened) run by the tribe. They also have at least two restaurants that I can think of.

  2. “The staff of the Twilight Lexicon would like to congratulate Chairwoman Counsell-Geyer, and wishes the Quileute Nation continued blessings and prosperity” — the word that stands out to me is “prosperity.” Native American peoples do not (nor have they historically) share in much of the prosperity of the USA – their land has been taken from them, they are disenfranchised from mainstream society, and they have higher rates of unemployment, poverty, and serious illness. Wishing them “more prosperity” or “some prosperity” would have been more apt.

    • Twilight_News says:

      The Quileute Nation in recent years has been able to make a number of improvements in the lives of its members based on resort revenue, tourism, and crafting. This is on top of the income that most families earn as part of the fishing fleet.

      By no means are the Quileute immune to problems that face many Native American nations; however, they are not experiencing the desperate times as others who rely upon yearly coat, blanket, and food drives.

      It was our intent to wish them continued prosperity in those areas mentioned in the first paragraph which very much are under the guidance of the council. We are confident that the Quileute Nation representatives have not misunderstood our meaning.

    • The Quileute Nation has been more prosperous than many Native American nations in recent years due to the sudden attention given to the tribe. Tourism has picked up, and the tiny tribe has something only a fraction of Native American tribes have: attention. Notice that a mere change of command was put on the biggest fansite for one of the most popular books series in the world. Also, since you insist on picking at technicalities, “continued prosperity” is another way of saying “more prosperity”, since if their prosperity continues, they will have more in the future than they do now.

      All the Lex did was congratulate the new Chair and extend good cheer. If you want to be the change that is needed, try doing something instead of nay-saying genuinely well-meaning people who aren’t hurting anybody.

      • Lomesir,
        I disagree with your claim that ““continued prosperity” is another way of saying “more prosperity”, since if their prosperity continues, they will have more in the future than they do now.” Prosperity can continue at the same level and not necessarily grow. The two phrases are not the same.

  3. It wasn’t my intention to naysay. Rather, I seek to bring attention to the racial implications of their representation in the books as well as to point out the continuing disparity of poverty levels among native peoples. In interviewing members of Q nation, I have heard there has been some benefit from their inclusion in the books and I feel the Lexion is well meaning in their coverage. The reality is that the town of Forks has benefited far more than the Q people, as has Summit, Meyer, et al.

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